Liberty Block Party When: Saturday, June 28, Noon – 10 p.m. Where: The Shops at Liberty Place, 16th and Chestnut Streets Swing by the largest block party of the summer and spend an afternoon relishing in some of the finest live entertainment, unique crafts and savory food this city has to offer. Mural Arts Paint Day When: Sunday, June 29, Noon – 4 p.m Where: “Promise Zone”/Mantua Join the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program for a community paint day in Mantua – one of President Obama’s newly designated Promise Zones. This is your chance to help create one of our city’s famed murals. Philly @ the Movies: Disney’s “Frozen” When: Monday, June 30, 9 p.m. Where: Franklin Square9pm Kids of all ages are invited out for a screening of the biggest children’s movie of all time. They’ll also get to enjoy mini golf, free giveaways & carousel rides. Go 4th & Learn About: Fitness When: Tuesday, July 1, 10 a.m. Where: Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse Break a sweat at the 6.5 acre playground, which includes the Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide and more than 50 unique, age-appropriate and accessible pieces of play equipment. The First 200 kids will receive a free book! Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert When: Tuesday, July 1, 8 p.m. Where: Penn’s Landing – The Great Plaza The Philadelphia Orchestra returns for its seventh summer to the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. This FREE concert brings the world-renowned orchestra to a new, community and audience, celebrating the organization’s commitment to enhancing the vitality of neighborhoods throughout the Philadelphia region. Following the performance, you won’t want to miss the small land-side fireworks salute! Wawa Welcome America! 4th of July Jam(Kaster for Visit Philadelphia) Wawa Welcome America is back on the scene with seven days of FREE events and festivities celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. From fireworks, Hoagie Day and the annual Philadelphia Independence Day Parade, to the city’s signature Fourth of July Jam & Fireworks, which once again will be curated by Questlove of The Roots — Philly is definitely the ONLY place in the country to celebrate the holiday. Here are a few highlighs from this year’s Wawa Welcome America celebration. Philly @ the Movies: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” When: Tuesday, July 1, 9 p.m. Where: Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut Street Come cheer on the triumphant leading lady, Katniss Everdeen, as she returns to the Hunger Games arena in the second installment of this exhilarating series! Wawa Hoagie Day When: Wednesday, July 2, noon Where: Independence Mall Celebrate Life, Liberty &the Pursuit of Deliciousness with 4.5 tons worth of hoagies served free to thousands. Join this patriotic event as Wawa salutes our military, fire & police. Philly @ the Movies: “Rocky” When: Wednesday, July 2, 9p.m Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkways 9pm Don’t miss this Philadelphia classic from the very steps that made Rocky a lifelong legend. POPS! On Independence When: Thursday, July 3, 8 p.m. Where: Steps of Independence Hall, 6th & Chestnut Streets Peter Nero and the Philly POPS! Return to Philly to celebrate America’s birthday! Bring your blanket & lawn chairs & enjoy one of Philadelphia’s most popular July 4th traditions. Celebration of Freedom Ceremony When: Friday, July 4, 10 a.m. Where: Steps of Independence Hall, 6th & Chestnut Streets Pay tribute to our great nation at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony featuring music, inspiring remarks, and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence – among other special elements. This year’s ceremony will recognize the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board Supreme Court decision. Philadelphia Independence Day Parade When: Friday, July 4, 11 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. Where: Throughout Historic Philadelphia Witness more than 5,000 participants as they celebrate America’s birthday by marching through the nation’s most historic square mile. Party On The Parkway When: Friday, July 4, Noon – 7 p.m. Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval Philly really knows how to throw a party! America’s birthday continues with blocks and blocks of exciting activates, multiple music stages, games and food. Philly 4th of July Jam & Fireworks When: Friday, July 4, 7 – 11 p.m. Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval The “Largest Free Concert in America,” will rock the Parkway as The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc, and Ariana Grande, along with Vicci Martinez, take the stage followed by an amazing fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In this picture taken on October 21, 2017, tourists visit a promenade in front of the city skyline in Hong Kong. / AFP PHOTO / DALE DE LA REYHong Kong will become the first Asian city to host the Gay Games in 2022 with rights campaigners celebrating the winning bid for a city often criticized for lagging on LGBT rights.Hong Kong beat Mexico’s Guadalajara and Washington DC to host the 11th edition of the event, with the jubilant bid team saying it would attract 15,000 participants and bring HK$1 billion into the local economy.ADVERTISEMENT Organized by the LGBT community, the Gay Games features a range of sports and is open to all participants, “without regard to sexual orientation, and there are no qualifying standards,” the Hong Kong bid team said in a statement.Competitors come from many countries, including those where homosexuality remains illegal, it added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Gay Games was founded by former Olympic decathlete Tom Waddell and first held in San Francisco in 1982. The next edition will be held in Paris in August next year, featuring 36 sports, from mountain biking to fencing and athletics.Hong Kong’s Pink Alliance, which promotes equal rights for the LGBT community, said the games would “help to bring a wider understanding and acceptance of our community,” not only in the southern Chinese city but throughout the region. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hong Kong’s Gay Games bid chair Dennis Philipse said there was a “spirit and passion for increased inclusion and diversity” in Hong Kong.However, the campaign for LGBT rights continues to elicit fury from anti-gay campaigners.Last year, banking giant HSBC placed a pair of rainbow-painted lions in front of its landmark building in the heart of the city to promote support of gay rights, a move slammed as “disgusting” by opponents who rallied in protest.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next LATEST STORIES Bulls’ Mirotic opts not to have surgery for facial fractures Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges When the constitutional court in neighboring Taiwan ruled in favor of allowing gay marriage in May, campaigners in socially conservative Hong Kong highlighted the city’s lack of progress on equality issues.READ: Paris to host 2018 Gay GamesHong Kong does not recognize gay marriage and only decriminalized homosexuality in 1991.But a landmark court decision in September that granted a British lesbian in Hong Kong — known as “QT” — the right to live and work in the city as a dependent of her long-term partner was hailed as a decision that could reduce more hurdles for same-sex couples.QT had previously been denied a dependent visa by immigration authorities, forcing her instead to stay in Hong Kong on a visitor visa, which did not allow her to work.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
New Delhi: Even as the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) moving in the “right direction” on its way to Earth’s only natural satellite, Moon, the Brahmos Aerospace Limited, a joint venture between India’s DRDO and Russian rocket design bureau NPO Mashinostrovyeniya, expressed happiness over its association with the mission and in particular the GSLF-MKIII Launch Vehicle, popularly known as “Bahubali”. India had on Monday launched Chandrayaan-2 on-board its powerful rocket Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with the aim of landing a rover in the unexplored lunar south pole. “Sub-assemblies and components manufactured at BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Limited have been used for various stages of the GSLV Mark III Launch Vehicle after passing rigorous quality and acceptance testing standards,” said an official statement here on Tuesday. “These include the Engine Thrust Chamber of the L 110 Section, components for the main engine like High Thrust Gas Generator and Turbine Casing, Titanium gas bottles and Titanium Liners for various stages including the Cyro Engine stage and Flex Seals for S 200 motor case,” it said.